Counseling Techniques and Prac

Course Description

Overview of major theoretical concepts, techniques, and their applications the therapeutic setting. Emphasis is on basic interviewing, assessment, and counseling skills that facilitate the helping process through integration of various theoretical models.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a conceptual and applied understanding of human growth and development and decision making in the counseling process
  • Articulate generally-accepted characteristics of effective helpers
  • Demonstrate awareness of and respect for individual and cultural differences
  • Demonstrate basic therapeutic communication skills
  • Demonstrate specific procedures and techniques that facilitate constructive client change associated with the major counseling theories
  • Articulate a rationale for differential treatment on the basis of a client’s developmental level, cultural affiliation or problems
  • Articulate the major theory with which the counselor’s beliefs most closely align and discuss how the theory’s assumptions regarding human nature, personality development, etiology of maladaptive behavior and conditions for change are consistent with the counselor’s personal beliefs and experiences
  • Develop a counseling process and procedures consistent with the counselor’s guiding theory
  • Develop a procedure for assessing and matching appropriate interventions from all theoretical perspectives to the client’s presenting needs in a theoretically consistent manner
  • Establish and facilitate constructive, safe and ethical relationships with clients

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